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In this part, we will answer the questions and opinions of some members of "Children of 1997" and other people who are interested in this research.
I hope this Q&A section can help you better understand the "Children of 1997" research.

1. What is a birth cohort?

Birth cohort studies, which follow the same group of subjects from birth, are a unique epidemiological study designed to help understand how biological factors, social and economic status, or behavioral factors affect health at various stages of life.

At present, many birth cohorts originate from European ancestry, but in recent years, non-Mendelian (non-Mendelian) gene epigenetic changes induced by environmental changes experienced by previous generations have been rediscovered, which is called "epigenetics". Let us note that in order to explore the root causes of the development of health and disease, we must observe the experiences of people with different historical backgrounds of economic development at various stages of life.



2. Is the information I provide to the Institute confidential?Were there any oversights during the research process?

Our research team at the University of Hong Kong attaches great importance to the right to privacy and strictly enforces data confidentiality. All information is encrypted and archived with a password, which is only accessible to internal staff.Any research projects related to this birth cohort must be approved by relevant departments, including the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Island West Hospital Cluster Research Ethics Committee of the Hospital Authority, and the Hong Kong Government Department of Health Ethics Committee before launching. Data analysis will not involve personal identity to protect privacy.



3. If I want to inquire about my child's health, can I contact the research team?

While our research team may not be able to personally answer all of your individual medical questions, you are welcome to contact us to share your concerns about your child's health. We will try our best to provide assistance according to individual needs.



4. Are there any other birth cohort studies similar to "Children of 1997"?

In addition to the "Children of 1997" birth cohort study, several birth cohorts around the world are still in progress. If you are interested in knowing the research results of other birth cohorts, you can click the link below to browse:

Avon Longitudinal Study

National Birth Cohort Studies (1946, 1958, 1970 and Millenium cohorts)

Children of the 1950s

Northern Finland Birth Cohorts (NFBC)

Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey



likeyouHave any questions, suggestions orInquire,Please contact the "Children of 1997" birth cohort research team.

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